Wednesday, November 5, 2008

History

Whatever your views are regarding our new President, there is one thing we can be certain of: we have witnessed history on November 4, 2008, and it represents a huge step forward for our country.

From the 1500s, our country had slaves. Stolen from their lands and then brought up through the generations, black men and women weren't even viewed as people. Often treated lower than animals, it wasn't until the Civil Rights movement of the 1950's and 60's that black people were considered for equal rights. Granted the ability to vote was ratified in 1870, but it took the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to ensure that the theoretical ability to vote matched the reality.

Consider all of this. And then look at where we are. From a history of treating the black citizens of America as lower than low, we finally moved to true equal voting rights in 1965. It is now 43 years later, and our country has gone from denying even the most basic of rights to putting a black man into arguably the most powerful position in the world by way of that same voting process.




All I can say is this: It's about time.

This is a day that I will always remember. I was a part of history, and that is a proud feeling. My grandparents watched a man walk on the moon, and now my parents and I can share a part in this shattering of a too-long-standing divide.

1 comment:

mofo said...

YAY!!! EXCITING!